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Bay Harbour: May 04, 2016

Bay Harbour: May 04,

FREE Wednesday May 4 2016 379 7100 Bay Harbour Deb Beesley Your local hills and Bayside specialist. You’ll be sold! P: 03 384 7950 M: 027 280 8837 News Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Black Billed Gull E: deb.beesley LICENSED SALES CONSULTANT REAA 2008 GRENADIER Brookhaven, Heathcote, Ferrymead ,Redcliffs, Mt. Pleasant, Sumner, Lyttelton, Diamond Harbour, Governors Bay, Akaroa LITTLE LEARNERS: Lyttelton Primary School pupils have had their first day of learning in their brand new building. Pupils were welcomed to the new school, on the corner of Oxford St and Sumner Rd, with a mihi whakatau, or formal welcome, on Monday morning. There were speeches and a cake cutting. Lyttelton Primary is the result of a merger between Lyttelton Main and West schools. The school had been operating out of two separate sites until April 15, the last day of term one. • More photos, p17. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN Intersection riddled with problems CONFUSING: The Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board has asked whether traffic signals could be installed at the bottom of St Andrews Hill Rd, after a city council report criticised the layout of the intersection. INSIDE: • Tunnel traffic delays, p5 • Twins with football talent, p19 BRIDGET RUTHERFORD The new Ferrymead bridge intersection re-design is riddled with problems, a report has revealed. The city council designed and installed the Bridle Path and St Andrews Hill Rds intersection, which was operational in September. But now its own traffic engineers have found significant design problems that they say should have been picked up when a pre-construction safety audit was done in February 2014. The problems include difficulties turning right onto Bridle Path Rd from St Andrews Hill Rd, the speed of vehicles approaching the intersection, a lack of visibility, and queuing of vehicles. Go Bus, which is contracted by Environment Canterbury to run bus routes in the area, said in the report that the right turn out of St Andrews Hill Rd was “almost impossible for the drivers”. Now, the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board, which ordered the investigation, has directed staff to come up with ways of making the intersection better, including the possibility of putting in traffic signals at the bottom of St Andrews Hill Rd. The underground cables have been laid for the signals, and it would cost about $150,000 for them to be activated. Previously the Bay Harbour News reported that residents were frustrated with the intersection, with many saying they avoided using it. The report said residents’ concerns were “valid” and the intersection design was “far from ideal”. Community Board chairwoman Sara Templeton said it was clear the concerns raised were valid, and while accidents were unlikely to be serious, they were expected to be commonplace. • Turn to page 5 Heathcote Valley Come in for a visit and experience the difference Ph 03 384 9249 108 Port hills Rd, heathcote Valley inspiring young minds 20 Hours Free for 3 & 4 yrs old Three age specific rooms plus School prep Teaching room For full information please visit our website Lyttelton Tunnel Ferrymead Heritage Park Port Hills Rd Tunnel Rd We are here Bridle Path Rd Martindales Rd 20 % OFF ELFA STORAGE + TRIPLE FLY BUYS OPEN 7 DAYS 1005 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead | Ph 366 6306 Prices as marked